LiU Humanities - a forum for interdisciplinary research and collaboration

LiU-Humanities coordinates, develops and showcases research at Linköping University. The forum supports research environments within the humanities and social sciences.  

LiU Humanities builds network, develops courses for research education, initiates projects and creates the conditions required for innovative interdisciplinary research into continuity and transformation in culture and society. LiU Humanities strives to improve the status of humanities research in a broad sense, and aspires to participate proactively in ongoing transformations of the research landscape.

As a forum for collaboration and the intermediation of research in the humanities, LiU Humanities aims to initiate and promote researcher meetings, exhibitions, public lectures and debates, and to support the development of knowledge laboratories and editorial environments in collaboration with public institutions such as museums and libraries.

Through collaboration with the journal Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, LiU Humanities stimulates discussion relating to the form and preconditions for scientific open-access publication.

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Aesthetic Modes of Implication: Evoking Common Grounds of Injustice

11 November, 13-15
TP2 (Täppan) + hybrid on Zoom (contact for more info)

LiU-Humanities, Tema Q + Tema G seminar, Redi Koobak, University of Bergen. 

In this talk, I discuss the Tallinn-based artist Kristina Norman’s work on asylum seekers in Estonia. Known for her interdisciplinary artistic practice, Norman is devoted to creating sharp, provocative documentary and research-based art projects about human rights and the politics of memory. I will focus her video installation Common Ground (2013) where she juxtaposes the stories of Estonians who fled to Sweden in 1944 with narratives of contemporary asylum seekers waiting for their asylum decision in an isolated place in 2013. I examine how Norman’s project brought refugee issues to the collective consciousness in Estonia at a time when there were no significant local discussions around this. The artist uses a historical comparison not because she wants to equalize the experiences of these two sets of gendered and racialised refugees, set apart in time and space, but because she wants to highlight the (dis)similarities between experiences of hospitality regarding basic human needs such as food, water, shelter, physical and mental well-being (Koobak and Thapar-Björkert 2020). Arguably then her project constitutes both an interventionist practice and a communicative tool for understanding (in)hospitable political landscapes in Europe. Through close reading this artwork, I hope to open up for questions about the notion of complicity and its relationship to racism in Europe in the visual realm, in particular zooming in on the role of Eastern Europeans as “implicated subjects” (Rothberg 2019) in the European project which must be identified as a civilizational (Dzenovska 2018) and colonial.

Redi Koobak is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), University of Bergen, Norway. She has worked as Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at Linköping University, Sweden and as Visiting Lecturer in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA. Her research interests include feminist visual culture studies and contemporary art; intersections of postcolonialism and postsocialism; cultural representations of gender, war and nationalism; transnational and local feminisms; and creative writing methodologies. She is the editor, with Madina Tlostanova and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, of the volume Postcolonial and Postsocialist Dialogues: Intersections, Opacities, Challenges in Feminist Theorizing and Practice (Routledge 2021).

Remember Us to Life - Vulnerable Memory in a Prospective Monument, Memorial and Museum

18 November, 13-15
Tvärsnittet (Kopparhammaren 7) + hybrid on Zoom (contact for more info)

LiU-Humanities, Tema Q + REMESO seminar, Rebecka Katz Thor, Södertörn University. 
In this presentation Rebecka Katz Thor introduce her research on three commemorative projects that are currently under development in Sweden: A Holocaust museum, a monument over Swedish colonialization and a memorial for the victims of a murderer with racist motifs. The research addresses how contemporary discussions of public commemoration can be understood in relation to notions of vulnerability and grievability, the role of the commissioner, how future practices of commemoration can be sensible to a variety of aesthetic expressions, voices and experiences and how these commemorative projects can be considered as a form of ethical response to the past, theoretically as well as in relation to the current demands of removal of statues and in how cultural heritage is defined.

Rebecka Katz Thor is a researcher and writer. She holds a PhD in Aesthetics from Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research focuses on the aesthetics of commemoration, image production’s and contemporary art’s relation to historical, ethical and political claims. She leads the research project entitled Remember us To Life - Vulnerable Memories in a Prospective Monument, Memorial and Museum, (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2021-2023). Her dissertation Beyond the Witness – Holocaust Representation and the Testimony of Images investigates the image-as-witness in three films made of archival materials. She is active as a critic, writer, lecturer and teacher in aesthetics and art theory. She has an MA from the New School for Social Research, New York and was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht.

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